What's black and white and red all over? An embarrassed zebra is one answer; a penguin with sunburn is another. A pun based answer is a newspaper. What's black and white and cute all over? Your new kitty! Now, time to come up with good black and white cat names.
Black and White Cat Names
The Broadway musical Cats features three black and white boys: Mr. Mistoffelees & Bustopher Jones and Alonzo.
Some black and white cats have a spot on their upper lip, making him look like a certain dictator whose name will go unmentioned. Instead, name him after Charlie Chaplin or Oliver Hardy, funny men who wore their toothbrush mustaches well.
Marcel after famous mime Marcel Marceau is fitting as is Emmett after the clown Emmett Kelly or Pierrot after the commedia dell'arte character. The allegorical Star Trek episode “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” gives us Lokai and Bele.
If he looks like he's wearing a tuxedo, you can name him after a magician like Houdini, Copperfield, Penn and/or Teller. Vincent makes a good name after Vincent Price, a star of black and white films who usually played either a magician or vampire. If you'd like a name in the vein of vampires (no pun intended) there's Dracula, Spike and Lestat.
You may also try Hitchcock after the director of many psychological thrillers or Claude after Claude Rains or “Clawed” if you like puns. Here's a list of more names.
- Bow tie
- Charlie Chaplin
- James Bond
- Michael Jackson
- Pepe LePew
Also check out this list of names for fully black cats.
This is a little trickier. Until the early Twentieth Century, it was unseemly for a lady to wear black in public unless she was mourning or part of a religious order. Maybe you could name your cat Chanel after the fashion maven who originated The Little Black Dress.
If naming your cat after a nun appeals to you, you could go with Mary Clarence after the star of Sister Act or Sara from Two Mules for Sister Sara.
If you prefer your nuns on the devout side, there's Clare, Therese and Hildegard. If she's a tuxedo cat you can name her after Marlene after Marlene Dietrich or Zatanna after Batman's magical friend.
There's the starlets of old black and white films to look at for inspiration like Theda Bara, Lauren Bacall and Olivia de Havilland. You may think of Dorothy, who went from a land of black and white Kansas to the colorful land of Oz. The pet form of Dorothy, “Dot” is popular for she-cats with spots.
There's also Marion, the unfortunate girl who doesn't survive the events of Psycho and her sister, Lila. For more duality themes, there's Odile and Odette, the black and white swan princesses from the ballet Swan Lake.
Cruella De Vil is known for black and white hair, but also for living up to her name. Here's more suggestions.
- Betty Boop
- Marilyn Monroe
Related: Check out this list of white cat names if your cat is more on the white side.
Onyx is a gem of black and white bands that could make a good namesake for a black and white cat. If you liked that earlier pun about the newspaper, you could name your cat Pulitzer, Herald or Bradlee. For a namesake regarding women who worked with newspapers there's Nellie Bly and Ida B. Wells.
The photographers Mapplethorpe and Kruger make good namesakes. You may also go for piano theme names like Liberace, Steinway or Ragtime. If you like mythological inspired names, try Endymion, Loki or Osiris.
Yin makes a good girl's name and Yang for a boy. This list might spark some creativity.
- Pepe Le Pew
For cuteness, you could name your cat after a black and white animal like Panda, Zebra, Penguin Orca or Skunk. If your cat is playful, you could go with Domino, Checkers, Roulette, Scrabble, Sudoku or Dice.
If your cat has white paws you can use a name like Boots, Mittens, Socks or Tippytoe. You could name him Moose for the ice cream flavor moose tracks. Vanilla Bean would be cute if she's mostly white with tiny black flecks.
You can also check out this list of funny cat names as some of them may be appropriate for a funny, clumsy and cute feline.
The famous sandwich cookie Oreo also inspires the name of black and white cats. Marbles for marble cake can work. For cartoon cats there's Felix, Sylvester, Figaro, Sebastian, Mooch and Penelope.
The cat in the Merrie Melodies cartoon “Feed the Kitty” was named Pussyfoot. Here's some more cute names.
- Cutie pie
- Bow tie
- Peppermint Patty
Maybe you'd rather have cool than cute. Fonzie and Elvis conjure thoughts of coolness embodied in black leather jackets and black pompadours. Ace is just cool, and matches a black mark on a white card.
Galaxy is a name that's out of this world and Blizzard is a storm of coolness. Klondike and Vesuvius are two extremes but one might match your too cool for school cat.
Zenobia, Leonidas, Boudica and Attila are all toughies from ancient times. Valkyrie, Amazon and Maenad might be fitting names for a spirited lady. Here's some more cool names.
- James Bond
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